Nelson, Willie / Countryman
Album:Countryman Collection:Country
Artist:Nelson, Willie Added:Jul 2005
Label:Lost Highway Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2005-08-14 Pull Date:2005-10-16 Charts:Country/Bluegrass
Week Ending:Oct 16Oct 9Oct 2Sep 25Aug 28

Recent Airplay
1.Apr 02, 2007:Headcleaner
One in a Row
4.Jan 15, 2007:Headcleaner
The Harder They Come
2.Mar 12, 2007:Headcleaner
The Harder They Come
5.Oct 12, 2005:Eels in the Loo
Sitting in Limbo
3.Jan 22, 2007:Headcleaner
I'm a Worried Man
6.Oct 04, 2005:Eclectica
How Long Is Forever

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2005-08-08 
Nelson, Willie - Countryman (Lost Highway)
Reviewed by Sadie O, 8/8/05
Willie Nelson does reggae! Proof positive that if you smoke pot long enough, you WILL eventually do a reggae record. It just can't be helped. All in all, a pleasant mash-up, nothing earthshaking, but nothing not to like, either. Mostly mid-tempo, production (by Don Was) really is mostly C&W with a steady reggae beat - it's not crazy to keep it filed under Country with the rest of Willie's stuff. Almost all songs about lost love (DEFINITLY more a C&W theme than a reggae one!), except tracks 4 and 6 by Jimmy Cliff, and 11 which is about retained love.
No FCC. I dig track 9, but the three covers (3, 4, 6) are good for kicks.

1. 2:48 uptempo, almost like ska with pedal steel. Sounds almost like his drowsy vocals are being pulled along by the beat.
2. 3:22 pedal steel like molasses. I can imagine two-stepping to this.
3. 2:35 **Toots Hibbert (Maytals) duets on this Johnny Cash classic. Interesting vocal counterpoint.
4. 3:38 **sparing accompaniment with loping beat, at least as much cowboy as rude boy. More like remaking Jimmy Cliff as a western song than a reggae tune.
5. 3:14 musically more on the reggae side than the other tracks.
6. 2:41 bubbling keyboards, subdued instrumentation that builds as song goes on.
7. 2:17 sad ballad - actually works so well you wonder how they ever made country songs without the accent on the third beatŠ Mind the fake ending.
8. 3:33 uptempo, nice but nothing that stands out. Some minor key.
9. 2:44 ***perhaps the most successful blend of styles on the record.
10. 3:02 music sounds too happy for the lyrics. Nice guitar solo, though.
11. 3:27 some cool vibrato on one guitar, otherwise like all the rest,
12. 2:32 a bit syncopated, interesting counterpoint to steel and harp.

Track Listing
1.Do You Mind Too Much If I Do 7.Darkness on the Face of the
2.How Long Is Forever 8.One in a Row
3.I'm a Worried Man 9.I've Just Destoyed the World
4.The Harder They Come 10.You Left Me a Long Long Time
5.Something to Think About 11.I Guess I've Come to Live He
6.Sitting in Limbo 12.Undo the Right